Screening of Naree and Discussion about the Trouble with and Irrelevance of Sharia Succession Training in the UK
When? 15 October, Wednesday, at 6-9pm
Where? Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Street, London, E1 5HZ
Who? Nari Diganta – the Women in Movement for Equality, Social Justice and Secularism
Nari Diganta – the Women in Movement for Equality, Social Justice and Secularism would like to invite you to a symposium, ‘When a Law Legitimises Violation of Human Rights: the Trouble with and Irrelevance of Sharia Succession Training in the UK ’, to be held on Wednesday, the 15th October between 6-9pm at Montefiore Centre, Hanbury Street, E1 5HZ.
Sharia Law is a bigoted law in which millions of women across the Muslim World have been oppressed, exploited and victimised. Despite its long-disputed and discriminatory aspects, the Law Society in the UK, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, issued a practice note with details of how to draft “Sharia compliant” wills. As experts clarify, practice notes are best guidance for solicitors on specific areas of law. Earlier this year, several anti-racist, feminist and human rights groups have called upon the Law Society to withdraw their practice note. Many women and men from across the UK have rallied in front of the Law Society in London and hundreds of people have signed the open petition for One Law for All. But the Law Society is unwilling to review their practice note. At this juncture, Nari Diganta hosts a symposium to critically discuss the associated troubles with and irrelevance of Sharia Succession Training in the UK. Starting with the screening of a film called, Naree –The Devine Stone, the symposium seeks to open up a discussion through engaging in a dialogue between community activists, experts, and women’s rights advocates. Our aim is to explore the discriminatory aspects of Sharia Law and to come across an understanding of how best to resist Law Society’s recommendations for cultural relativism and bigotry in Britain. You are cordially invited to this symposium.
Advocate Sultana Kamal, Director, Ain o Salish Kendro, Dhaka
Fariborz Pooya, Founder, Iranian Secular Society
Gita Sahgal, Director, Centre for Secular Space
Pragna Patel, Director, Southall Black Sisters
Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson, One Law for All & Founder of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation
Community Activists, East London’s Councillors, Women at Nari Diganta &
Secular Academics and Researchers in London.
The event is free for all but a RSVP is needed as spaces are limited. Please reserve your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about the event please feel free to contact our event co-ordinator, Rumana Hashem, at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Come and join us for an interactive discussion between activists and experts. Bring along your friends and families to tell us yours and theirs stories. We look forward to meet you there!
Nari Diganta – the Women in Movement for Equality, Social Justice and Secularism
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